8:45 am: Wake up. Wonder why I’m awake before 9 am. Stumble downstairs for some water. Put the bird out and offer to feed Sahara. She’s not interested. Stumble back upstairs to check email and Facebook.
9:45 am: Still can’t keep my eyes open. Can’t remember what time I went to bed last night (okay, this morning). Go back to bed.
11:30 am: Wake up again feeling better. I really need to change my schedule back to my non-summer, non-lazy routine. Maybe tomorrow.
12:00 pm: Read part of a book. Play part of a game. Stare at part of a wall. Contemplate dinner. Do absolutely nothing.
1:00 pm: Receive an email saying one of my Sing-Off ticket requests is now available, but they’re still first come, first serve. I stub my fingers trying to get to the website quick-like.
1:20 pm: Got the tickets! I’m not as excited this time because I’m still recovering from the last taping, but I am excited to take my daddy. Our call time is much earlier, so even if they run over we’ll be out well before midnight.
2:20 pm: Decide to stop typing and maybe get on with the rest of my day. But I start listening to this, and it’s hard to tear myself away:
2:40 pm: Actually get up and get on with the rest of my day.
3:30 pm: Take a shower and I’m still sweaty. Decide that ice cream is in order before I go to market. Make myself a sundae with marble fudge ice cream, homemade cinnamon whipped cream, and maraschino cherries.
4:00 pm: Realize that I don’t have to go to the market today! I have everything I need for the lemon-sage chicken if I use dried sage.
4:01 pm: Grab the chicken from the fridge in the garage, and lemons from the tree. Survey the yard for my herb garden project. Fail to find a good spot.
5:00 pm: Get the chicken in the oven. It’s too hot to roast anything today, but the last time I made this recipe I tried to crock-pot it. Huge mistake. Of course I also replaced several ingredients. This time I’m sticking closer to the recipe. It will be good, so help me…
5:15 pm: Can’t find another roasting pan for the veggies. I’ll have to use the 12” cast iron skillet, but it needs washing.
5:16 pm: There are too many dishes in the sink: the skillet won’t fit.
5:17 pm: Wash most of the dishes.
5:27 pm: Wash the skillet.
5:50 pm: Finish cutting up the veggies: potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and turnips tossed with thyme. I’ve used parsnips before, but I’ve never even tasted a turnip. I try a little piece and it’s fantastic! Why don’t people use these things anymore?
The chicken will be done way before the veggies. I’ll have to pan-roast them on the stove top. More heat my kitchen doesn’t need. Great.
Save my vegetable scraps and freeze them for stock. Anyone know how to jar stock?
7:00 pm: The chicken is amazing! Goes especially well with the turnips.
9:00 pm: Mom calls. They visited the town of Julian today, and are staying in El Cajon (pronounced el kuh-HONE) tonight. Shelly wants to swim but the pool is closed. The motel gives her free wi-fi.
10:00 pm: Catch my cat, Sprite, trying to eat Sahara’s food. She has gotten very skinny since we moved here. I talk to Joe about starting her on canned food again.
10:30 pm: Catch Sprite outside. She’s an indoor cat. I had hoped her skittishness would keep her that way; otherwise it will be damn near impossible to keep her inside while we’re here. Clearly she’s not skittish enough.
Sometime after 2:00 am: Go to bed.